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Galaxy Nexus outperforms iPhone 4S in some areas, let down by graphics

Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first device to run Android's Ice Cream Sandwich
Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first device to run Android's Ice Cream Sandwich
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Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first device to run Android's Ice Cream Sandwich
Samsung Galaxy Nexus is the first device to run Android's Ice Cream Sandwich

The Galaxy Nexus, the first Android powered smartphone to run Ice Cream Sandwich and which launched in the UK late last week, outperforms the iPhone 4S in a number of areas, a report finds.

The Galaxy Nexus outperformed the iPhone 4S on two benchmarks; specifically the SunSpider Javascript benchmark and the Rightware BrowserMark. The iPhone 4S did outperform the Galaxy Nexus in a number of graphics tests, however, thanks to its A5 processor.

The report commented,

“Google really pushed the performance of its software further with Ice Cream Sandwich, while GPU performance is limited by the SGX 540. The good news is that there’s more than enough hardware at ICS’ disposal to deliver a smooth experience”.

The Galaxy Nexus sports a 4.65-inch touchscreen, a 1.2-gigahertz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear HD camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat.

After going on sale in the United Kingdom last week, reports began to emerge yesterday that the Galaxy Nexus is expected to launch in the United States and Canada on December 8th. The Galaxy Nexus is not expected to launch in Ireland for quite some time.

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